Tragedy in Libya
I just can’t shake the image of Christopher Stevens being dragged through the streets of Benghazi. A photo taken six days earlier shows a smiling, sandy-haired America, his bright eyes eagerly accepted the enormous challenge as U.S. ambassador to newly-liberated Libya.
On the anniversary of 9/11, Stevens came to the consulate in Benghazi to help evacuate the staff. Benghazi is a staging area for jihadists. The consulate had been under attack five times in as many months.
That night, the consulate was bombarded with assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Stevens and three other Americans were killed. On this day, of all days, why was there not heightened security for personnel? Where were the Marines? Someone recalled that Valerie Jarrett enjoyed tighter taxpayer-funded security while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.
What did the Commander-in-Chief know? Marc Thiessen commented in the Washington Post that the president habitually skipped more than half his daily intelligence briefings. There’s no public record of Obama attending even one briefing for the entire week preceding the embassy bombings. It appears he was too busy racking up frequent flyer miles.